Houlder has announced the appointment of Neil Ferguson (pictured) to a new LNG management role as part of its business development strategy. Neil, former Chief Operating Officer at Rigmar Group, will lead LNG projects as part of a new integrated business stream. The appointment and re-organisation reflects Houlder’s growing confidence in the future of LNG as a shipping fuel. Recent project experience includes the design of the UK’s first LNG Dual Fuel powered ferry for Caledonian MacBrayne, plan approval of a new build LNG FSRU for a global energy provider and years of LNG management experience in the tanker and transport sector. Houlder’s commitment also extends to developing its own range of bunkering vessel designs and handling and transfer equipment. These are aimed specifically at the small to mid-scale bunkering sector and employ proven, safe and reliable components.
“Neil’s appointment is in response to our clients’ growing ambitions to improve the safety and efficiency of operations” explains Rupert Hare, Chief Executive Officer from the company’s London headquarters. “Neil is no stranger to offshore energy with over twenty-five years of operational management experience including roles at Transocean and Det Norske Veritas. Operating from Houlder’s Aberdeen office, he will form and lead multi-disciplinary project teams from across the business. We are now better placed to solve the complex engineering challenges to come. A clear example is our commitment to developing small to mid-scale LNG infrastructure as reflected by our collaborations with KLAW LNG, Trelleborg and Wärtsilä”.
You can hear more about this work at the LNG Ship / Shore Interface Conference on the 16-17 November 2017, London. Houlder and Wärtsilä will be presenting at the event. The event provides a fantastic opportunity to meet the Houlder team, including Neil, and learn more about the company’s growing range of LNG solutions for ports, bunkering and power generation opportunities.